By Brian Brooks | Indiewire May 14, 2009 at 1:38AM
In another Cannes-timed pick up announcement for IFC Films, the company announced it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "The Red Riding Trilogy," based on cult noir novels by U.K. writer David Pearce's Red Riding Quartet. The film is described as a series of three fictionalized accounts of the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper, a brutal serial killer that stalked the Yorkshire area of England in the 1970s and 1980s.
IFC Films' Arianna Bocco negotiated the pact with Harold Van Lier and Anna Marsh of Studio Canal.
IFC Films plans a fall release through IFC in Theaters, their theatrical and video on demand platform, after debuting the films on the festival circuit.
The trilogy, titled '1974,' 1980' and '1993,' are self-contained dramas with intertwined plots that create an epic tale of murder, corruption and obsession. Produced by Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's Revolution Films, each film in the trilogy is directed by a separate notable director: Julian Jarrold ("Brideshead Revisited"), James Marsh ("Man on Wire") and Anand Tucker ("Hilary and Jackie"). All three films in the trilogy were adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas").
"'The Red Riding Trilogy' is an absolutely thrilling work of cinema and one of the great true crime adaptations of recent times. We are confident it is going to be a major event on all of our platforms," commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "We couldn't be happier to be working with such a mind blowing group of British talent including directors Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, producer Andrew Eaton, writer Tony Grisoni and some of the most talented actors working today including Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Andrew Garfield and Rebecca Hall just for starters."